"Good Visit Overall" for Jernigan

Jerrel Jernigan talks with Inside the Auburn Tigers about his official visit to Auburn this weekend.

Eufaula, Ala.--Troy commitment Jerrel Jernigan took an official visit to Auburn with hopes of getting a scholarship offer to play for the Tigers. He didn't get the offer while he was in town, but with a month and a half until signing day the versatile athlete is still hoping to get it before it's all said and done.

"They're holding out to see what my grades are looking like this semester," Jernigan says. "Right now I've got all A's and B's and they're waiting until I take the final. Then Coach (Tommy) Tuberville is coming down to talk to me and my family.

"I've got a (sociology) final due Monday," he adds. "I am exempted from the other finals because I had a B in the class so this is the only final I've got to take."

Jernigan's player host was Zac Etheridge, a freshman defensive back who is redshirting this year.

"We got along pretty good because I played against him my junior year," Jernigan notes. "He's a good guy. We hung out with the players and we rolled around. We went to Kenny Irons' house and chilled with him, played video games and stuff. I wanted to meet Kenny Irons and David Irons and I got a chance to do that. They're cool and they get along with everybody."

Coming into the visit, Jernigan had hoped to check out football practice and also take a look into the academic side of things at Auburn as far tutoring and support with his school work.

"I liked it," Jernigan notes. "They've got a good staff. I believe I could fit in good. It was just a good visit overall. The best part watching them practice, seeing how they do practice, how they go with everything and how the coaches are at practice."

As a quarterback, Jernigan led his Eufaula team to the 5A State championship game in Birmingham before falling to Athens 10-7. With his quickness and his speed, Auburn is recruiting him at a variety of other positions.

"Athlete, slot receiver, kickoff returner, punt return," he explains. "Basically anywhere they need me to play. I could play a little DB, but I'd like to play offense."

Jernigan rushed for 1,384 yards and 21 touchdowns and threw for 870 and eight scores.

Jernigan played the championship game with an injured left ankle, but is already feeling better and back to work on the basketball court.

"I played last week," he notes. "I've got to get in shape running up and down the court. Football and basketball are two different types of conditioning."

Jernigan's visit to Auburn was his first official of the recruiting season. Although the exact date is not set yet, he is planning on taking an official to Troy. As an early verbal commitment to play for Coach Larry Blakeney and the Trojans, Jernigan says it would be a difficult decision to make if he got an offer from Auburn.

"I'd have sit down and think about it," he says. "Me and my family would sit down and talk about it."

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